The 27th Festival is confirmed
for Thurs 23rd - Sat 25th March 2017 at our new venue:
The 21st South Downs Real Ale & Cider Festival will take place
at the usual venue, Lewes Town Hall, on Friday 16 and Saturday 17
June 2017. We will be celebrating our ‘coming of age’
festival with a key of the door logo & hopefully a VERY SPECIAL
collaboration ale by two very local breweries!
There will be around 90 cask beers for you to sample, along with
a range of
cider and perry. Non-alcoholic drinks will also be available, plus
a range of hot food and snacks, including vegetarian options supplied
by local firm, Circa Events. The festival will as usual be music-
This year all sessions will be admission by ticket only (although,
if tickets are returned from the outlets, they will be available
on the door). Tickets will be on sale from Friday 5 May 2017, at
The Gardeners Arms, Harveys Brewery Shop and The Brewers Arms in
Lewes, and the Evening Star in Brighton. Alternatively, please apply
by post to: South Downs Beer Festival Tickets, 139 Elm Grove, Brighton,
BN2 3ES, stating session required and enclosing a SAE and cheque,
payable to “South Downs Beer & Cider Festival”.
Please note if you do not enclose an SAE we will NOT send out the
tickets. Tickets remain the same price as last year and are as follows:
The ticket costs are:
- Friday 16/06/16 11.00 - 15.00 £4.00
- Friday 16/06/16 17.00 - 22.30 £7.00
- Saturday 17/06/16 11.00 - 18.00* £5.00
*or until the beer runs out.
Customers will receive a free glass and a programme with tasting
notes. In addition, CAMRA members will receive £2.00 in beer
tokens per session on production of their valid membership card.
We have plans for one-off brews and ‘first available’
beers at this event.
Please note over-18s only. If you are lucky enough to look under
25, please ensure you bring photo ID. Well behaved dogs on leads
are welcome but only in the seating area of the beer festival.
The venue is easy to find. From the railway station turn right,
climb the hill to the traffic lights, cross over and it’s
on the right. The venue is wheelchair accessible with a disabled
toilet. The town boasts a number of excellent pubs that are well
worth seeking out if you have the time, or indeed the capacity.
It is with great sadness that we have to report the sudden death
of Ruth Anderson, the festival organiser for the Sussex Branches
and South Downs Beer & Cider Festival.
Ruth took on the task of finding a new venue for the 2017 Sussex
Branches Beer Festival. It was due to her hard work that, after
many visits to various venues and much deliberation, Brighton Racecourse
Ruth was always willing to help the Brighton and South Downs branch
in any way whether by surveying pubs for the Good Beer Guide, distributing
the Sussex Drinker or doing anything to help the branch run smoothly.
She will be remembered as a great campaigner and was quite happy
to take on the role of organiser for both festivals.
A private person, she will be greatly missed by all those who knew
For the organising committees of the Sussex Branches and South Downs
Beer & Cider Festivals.
Moving to a new, bigger venue did not deter over 2600 drinkers
from all parts of the county braving the high winds to attend the
recently held 27th Sussex Beer & Cider Festival.
The Bev Robbins Award for the Sussex Beer of the Festival was Lower
Beeding based Kissingate Brewery, Murder of Crows, a complex 10%
Those attending voted as their Beer of the Festival, Settle Blood
Orange IPA. Based in Settle, North Yorkshire the beer is described
as being packed with fresh blood oranges and American hops.
Sussex cider producer Seacider won Cider of the Festival with Seacider
Mango and the Perry of the Festival was Gwynt Y Draig Two Trees.
The chosen festival charity was St. John Ambulance and, thanks
to the generosity of the festival goers, £1,832 was raised
by cash and unwanted beer tokens.
The good news: the festival programme (a hard copy of which is
provided upon entry to the festival) is now available to download
(1.8mb pdf, opens in new tab).
The bad news: some of the beers have changed from the list in the
programme (which is the same as the provisional list we published
The good news again: we can at least tell you what has changed
on our Beers page.
Not only will there be beer on sale at the festival but an excellent
selection of local ciders and perries, in fact over forty will be
Ciders and perries, made with pears, from the many Sussex producers
such as Oakwood, Robertsbridge: South Downs, Wilmington: Village
Green, Turners Hill and Wild Thing, Portslade will be on sale as
well from other producers around the country.
For those of you in the distribution area, keep an eye out for
a competition to win tickets in the Brighton & Hove Independent
The first cut of the provisional beer list
is now online.
To assist the discerning drinker to the 27th Sussex Beer &
Cider Festival to be held at Brighton Racecourse on the 23 –
25 March, shuttle buses are being provided to get to the festival.
Free shuttle buses including the Dark Star Brewery vintage double
decker will be running from the Brighton Station car park to and
from the venue but not on Saturday evening. A full timetable will
be issued on the festival website.
Brighton and Hove buses number 2 and 22 stop outside the racecourse
and numbers 21,21A and 23 stop nearby. For full bus details go to
For more information and shuttle bus timetable, see the Venue
Please also note that, whilst the Evening Star in Brighton is closed
for refurbishment, tickets will be available from The Lord
Nelson, Trafalgar Street, Brighton and The Brighton
Bier Dispensary, Dean Street, Brighton.
There are nearly 60 breweries in Sussex and they will be well represented
at the 27th Sussex Beer & Cider Festival due to be held at the
Brighton Racecourse on the 23 – 25 March 2017.
Real ales from Sussex breweries such as Adur, Steyning; Firebird,
Rudgwick; Hand Brewery, Brighton; Hurst, Hurstpierpoint; Riverside,
Upper Beeding; Three Legs, Brede should be available but also an
excellent selection from breweries all over the country with nearly
160 available. Cider and perry drinkers will also be guaranteed
a good selection.
Tickets are selling well and are on
sale at the Evening Star, Brighton; Brewers Arms & Gardener’s
Arms, Lewes; Duke of Wellington, Shoreham-by-Sea; Selden Arms, Worthing
and Beer Essentials, Horsham.
For postal sales, please state which session(s) you require and
enclose a 9 x 4 SAE with your cheque, made payable to “Sussex
CAMRA Beer & Cider Festival” and send to SBB&CF Ticket
Sales, 16 Connell Drive, Woodingdean, Brighton, BN2 6RT. No refunds
will be processed after the 14 March 2017.
The volunteer form for the 2017 Festival is now online.
The festival wouldn't happen without the great work of all of our
volunteers (who we do keep fed, watered, clothed and transported
for their troubles) so why not have a look at the roles you can
help out with?
Sussex CAMRA Branches are not horsing about when they announce
a new larger venue for the 27th Sussex CAMRA
Branches Beer & Cider Festival. The 2017 festival will be held
at Brighton Racecourse, Freshfield Road, Brighton
from Thursday 23 to Saturday 25 March.
There will be 150+ beers + 40 perries/ciders, plus a range of food
will be available to include vegetarian options.
Tickets will be available from 23
January 2017 from:
- The Evening Star, Brighton (4 tickets per person).
- The Gardeners Arms Lewes (4 tickets per person).
- The Brewers Arms, Lewes.
- The Duke of Wellington, Shoreham-By-Sea.
- The Selden Arms, Worthing.
- Beer Essentials, Horsham.
- Mail order: SBBCF Ticket Sales. 16 Conell Drive, Woodingdean,
Brighton, Brighton, BN2 6RT. Please state which session(s) you
require & enclose a 9"x4" SAE with your cheques
or postal orders made payable to 'Sussex CAMRA Beer Festival.
Please do not send by 'recorded' post.
Our thanks to all our ticket sellers, who sell our tickets as a
favour to us, so PLEASE be polite to them!